Hurriyet - Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Turkey’s prominent aerospace and defense company, has delivered the first “Made in Turkey” ailerons designed to be used in the XWB model of the A350 airliner family of the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
Designed in Turkey by Turkish engineers, the wing component will earn TAI at least USD 500 million, as the company will be the sole supplier for the part as long as the aircraft A350 XWB remains in production. “The production of ailerons for Airbus planes is a step towards taking our cooperation further. With this project, Airbus is increasing its contribution to Turkey in terms of engineering capabilities, as well as technology transfer,” said TAI's Chairman of the Board, Yalcin Kaya at the handover ceremony in Ankara.
“TAI and Airbus have long been partners in engineering and manufacturing,” said Executive Vice President Procurement of Airbus, Klaus Richter at the ceremony, stating that the Turkish company is a top tier supplier of Airbus.
TAI has been manufacturing body parts for A320 airliners of Airbus. The Turkish company is also a key supplier of the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft project.